Not my mom. So who am I then? Or should I say what am I? Sometimes my husband and I feel like we are different, gay perhaps, or maybe queer? Is there more to being gay than the sexual preference part? Where is the line between gender and sexual orientation?
I love and have sex with a man, but I don’t feel straight. Women are sexy too. I think I’d love being with a woman, but I can’t say I’d prefer it to a man. But I also feel like there’s more to my not feeling straight than that, so calling myself bi doesn’t feel right either.
Perhaps it goes back to not believing in gender as most people see it. Labels of gay and straight necessarily imply hard lines between male and female. To define one’s sexuality by “who” or “which” one is attracted to, one must buy into the concept that there are clear males and clear females.
What about those who do not fit neatly into those categories? Did you know there are roughly as many intersex people as there are Jews? That’s a sizable portion of the population, and it doesn’t even begin to cover those along the transgender spectrum!
I went to a talk once where I was introduced to the term “omnisexual,” meaning attracted to basically anyone, because you reject the notion of dichotomized gender roles. Is that what I am?
How does one “come out” as omnisexual, pansexual, genderqueer? And does one have to look the part? I surely don’t. And what about the other aspects of my lifestyle?
My husband and I don’t live as male and female the way most people seem to. We don’t organize our lives around gender… at all. None of the daily tasks we do, the way we raise our kids, the way we organize work in and outside the home, the way we relate to each other, the power structure in our relationship, none of it is based on the fact that he’s a man and I’m a woman.
I often feel like this is my dirty little secret. I don’t know how to talk about it. There’s no word for it. I don’t know how to find others like me. This must be how it feels to be gay before one realizes there’s a concept for “it.” How amazing would it be to be able to go to a bar or a website where everyone is, well, whatever I am?
It always amazes me that so many people seem to exist on the earth who fit into already existing categories. There’s another “man” who “has sex with men,” must be a “gay man.” Hell, there’s even a category for people who like animals!
What about the spaces between the categories? What about new categories? Isn’t our desire really way more complicated and varied than the available labels we have? Where’s my category? I want to come out, but I can’t figure out which closet I’m in!
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